By diverting organic waste away from landfills through curbside collection for processing at anaerobic digesters or composting operations, and by recovering edible food for human consumption, California can make significant strides toward fighting climate change and improving public health and the environment.
To meet SB 1383’s statewide goals, the California Department of Resource Recovery and Recycling (CalRecycle) created regulations that require all jurisdictions to implement very specific actions. It is the largest and most prescriptive waste management legislation in California since the California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989 (AB 939). Learn more about SB 1383 at www.cityofpaloalto.org/SB1383regulations
What This Means for Palo Alto
Palo Alto already meets most of the requirements through our existing Zero Waste programs and ordinances. To be fully compliant, Palo Alto will have to take the following actions:
- Establish an edible food recovery program, including a new ordinance requiring food generating businesses such as grocery stores to recover the food they generate to feed people instead of disposing of it (in the landfill or compost).
- Increase City procurement of products made from recycled organics (e.g., compost, recycled-content paper and energy derived from organic waste).
- Adjust the Zero Waste enforcement program to incorporate the new monitoring and compliance requirements.
Please continue placing all your food scraps, yard trimmings, and food soiled paper in your green compost collection containers. These materials are processed at a local anaerobic digester to create renewable energy and a rich soil amendment.